Labour Relations

March 15, 2019
Memo to NSCAD Students and Faculty: Winter 2019 Semester Revised

March 11, 2019
Memo to NSCAD Community: Classes to Resume

March 8, 2019
Memo to Students: Strike FAQs

March 6,2019
Memo to NSCAD Community: Correcting the Record

March 5, 2019
Memo to NSCAD Community and Students: Issue Clarification

March 1, 2019
Memo to Students: Important Information on Classes

February 28, 2019
Memo to Students: Contingency Plans for Work Stoppage
Memo to Employees: Contingency Plans for Work Stoppage

On February 26, 2019, NSCAD received official notice of the Faculty Union’s intention to strike (FUNSCAD, Unit I). This means that the Union will be in a legal strike position on Thursday, February 28 at approximately 4:00 p.m. FUNSCAD has advised that they will take strike action on Friday, March 1, commencing at 8:30 a.m.

On behalf of the Board of Governors, the NSCAD bargaining team has worked very hard to reach a deal with the Union at the negotiating table. NSCAD sincerely appreciates the work of our faculty and the vital contributions that they make to our university. We have tried to negotiate an agreement that is fair to our faculty, affordable in the short-term, and sustainable in the long term.

We remain ready and willing to meet with the Union at any time if we believe there is the possibility of reaching a deal that does not put the future of NSCAD in jeopardy. NSCAD is committed to keeping our community updated throughout this process as we prepare for a possible work stoppage. Please see Work Stoppage FAQs, below.

Labour Negotiations: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What union is on strike?
FUNSCAD Unit I, representing full and part-time faculty.

When did the strike occur?
FUNSCAD Unit I withdrew services as of Thursday, February 28 at approximately 4:00 p.m. FUNSCAD has advised that they will take strike action on Friday, March 1 commencing at 8:30 a.m.

Will classes be affected by a strike?
Classes taught by FUNSCAD Unit I employees will be cancelled during a work stoppage. Classes taught by non-FUNSCAD Unit I employees will continue as scheduled. Extended Studies classes continue as scheduled.

In the event of a strike, will scheduled classes, studios or workshops be held?
In the event of a strike, some scheduled classes, studios or workshops will be held. The list of instructors who will continue to teach is provided below. If concerns about health and safety arise in studios, then student activity will be restricted in unsupervised areas.

Alison Campbell
Carolyn Crewe
Michael Day
Sam DeCoste
Carrie Goodfellow
Julie Hollenbach
Mark Laing
Roger Lewis
Christopher Lowe
Tabitha Osler
Katarina Marinic
Isla McEachern
Dean McNeil
Kim Munson
Bruno Oro de Abreu
Huschang Pourian
Mengnan Qu
Marlene Ramos
Despo Sophocleous
Jayme Spinks
Bruce Trick
Emily Wareham
Jeff Wheaton
Mandy Wright

All students are expected to report to classes that are unaffected by the strike and to complete assignments and readings.

I’m a MFA student. How will this strike impact my gallery exhibition? Will my thesis defence be pushed ahead in the event of a strike?
Thesis defences typically occur during the thesis exhibition. If any exhibition is missed because of the labour disruption the defence will occur after it ends. Thorough photo and video documentation of the exhibitions will be available for the defence committee from the gallery.

Will we enter the university facilities any differently?
There will only be one means of entrance at each of the university’s three campuses: the Port Campus, Academy Building and Fountain Campus. At the Fountain Campus, access to the building will be possible through the Duke Street entrance. The library, bookstore and gallery will remain open. 

Everyone entering NSCAD will need to show their I.D. card and sign in with security. Please note: students and staff will need to make sure that their NSCAD identification cards are up to date, with the most recent sticker on the back. If not, registered students can go to the Office of Student and Academic Services to have IDs validated. 

What services will be available to students?
The Office of Student Experience will be open as usual to serve students. In addition to providing registration services, the office will continue to process applications for admission to NSCAD, arrange academic and personal advising, provide information for off campus and international programs of study, assist with financial aid and applying for scholarship awards, and more.

Registration for classes is also possible through Web Advisor, accessed through the NSCAD website,

Should we take precautions with our work?
Yes, it is a good idea to ensure your work and belongings are secured. That’s a good idea in any case.

Do I still attend labs?
In the event of a strike, no scheduled classes, labs, studios or workshops will be held. If faculty or technicians are not providing supervision, for safety reasons there will be no student activity permitted in unsupervised areas.

Will the library be open?
Yes, the library will be open. Librarian technicians are part of FUNSCAD Unit II.

Will the bookstore be open?
Yes, the bookstore will be open.

Will the gallery be closed?
The gallery will remain open.

Will there be picket lines?
If FUNSCAD Unit I goes on strike, it is expected there will be picket lines at all three campuses. Those on the picket lines are required to keep moving and allow free passage of non-striking personnel—staff and students—to enter and leave the buildings.

Picketers may attempt to dissuade you from crossing the picket line, although it is illegal for striking workers to use threats, force, or physically block the way. Remember, you have the legal right to continue to arrive at school, attend classes and use university services during a strike. However, you may want to give yourself extra time to arrive to class.

In the event there is a strike, how will staff and students be kept informed?
Updates at the university will be posted on and sent to your NSCAD student email.

What is the status of negotiations with NSCAD’s other unions, FUNSCAD Unit II?
Negotiations between FUNSCAD Unit II, representing technicians are continuing.

Will the term be extended?
As of now, we are hopeful that the term will not need to be extended. We will keep you informed if there are developments that will affect your term.

FOR FACULTY: Please click here for FAQs on NSCAD’s bargaining position and proposals.

FOR STUDENTS: Click here for FAQs regarding the potential strike and how it could affect you.

To learn more about labour negotiations and the collective bargaining process, click here.

Information & Updates

Please see below updates on negotiations:

  February 28, 2019
 February 25, 2019
 February 12, 2019
  February 6, 2019
  February 1, 2019
  January 17, 2019
  December 21, 2018


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Employee Groups on Campus

Faculty Union of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
FUNSCAD Unit I represents full and regular part time faculty.
Collective Agreement (PDF) »

FUNSCAD Unit II represents technical, library and gallery staff.
Collective Agreement (PDF) »

Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union, Local 82
NSGEU, Local 82 represents support staff, including maintenance, clerical, and administrative positions.
Collective Agreement (PDF) »